On children and fear

I particularly enjoyed what Lisa Boggiss Boyce wrote about scary stories (and even more particularly enjoyed Sendak’s statement!):

“For those who might be concerned about the suitability of such content for children, the words of Maurice Sendak in his 1964 Caldecott Award acceptance speech should be heeded:
From their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions. Fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives; they continually cope with frustration as best they can. It is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. (Graham, 1990, p. 85)
It has been argued that many early experiences of children involve being taken from place to place, entering various buildings both familiar and unfamiliar. They are led through doors to visit doctors, dentists, family, friends, and sometimes complete strangers, often without prior knowledge of what to expect.” (italics added to indicate Sendak quote, bold blue emphasis also mine p.246)

Ref: Lisa Boggiss Boyce (2011) ‘Pop Into My Place: An Exploration of the Narrative and Physical Space in Jan Pienkowski’s Haunted House’ Children’s Literature in Education 42: 243-255

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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